A young mum has been left in despair after she claims a house she moved into, after spending months in homeless accommodation, was left in a tip.
Georgia Garside, 20, had been living in temporary accommodation in Fallowfield, Manchester with her two babies and was ecstatic when she was told a home had been found.
Georgia, and her two children aged 22 months and three months, had struggled to find a place while she was receiving housing benefits.
Feeling positive about the families future she moved into the property, thinking that building work had been carried out to bring the property up to standard.
She was left heartbroken last month when she discovered that was not the case, reports the MEN.
"I got there and it was dreadful – it was dirty and there was mud everywhere," she said.
"The floorboards weren’t level and the skirting boards had gaps so wide that my daughter would be able to fit her fingers through there.
"My bedroom has a huge dent in the floor and there is a big crack in the wall. It is just a mess."
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Rubbish she was told would be disposed off was reportedly dumped in the garden and outside decking has gaps so big her daughter could fall through them.
"I wouldn’t let an animal live in it let alone someone with young children," she added.
Georgia claims Manchester Council carried out an inspection before moving in and said it was safe for her, her partner and two children to live there.
"It is really heartbreaking," she said.
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"I do keep looking but it is so hard to find somewhere that accepts housing benefits and I really thought I had hit the jackpot with this one.
"It was a two bedroom house and had a garden. It has really devastated us."
Georgia and her daughters are back in homeless accommodation but she says it is not suitable for a young family and wants to make sure other young mums don't have to go through this.
A spokesperson for Manchester Council said: "Georgia located a private sector home and was advised that the Council would support her to move into the property if she found it suitable.
"At no point was she told that she had to move into the property and she chose to pass on the home following a viewing.
"Georgia has also been advised that if she finds a home in the meantime, the Council will support her to secure it."
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